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Report: Bristol Flyers 69-65 Sheffield Sharks

Bristol Flyers endured a frantic finish to secure a home win against the visiting Sheffield Sharks.

With the Sharks trying to bounce back from defeat to Plymouth, and Flyers wanting to start their first game of seven in March with a win,  both squads were eager to gain the early advantage. 

Captain Greg Streete opened the scoring with two made free throws, followed by a finger roll by  Tyrone Lee. Though this was countered by Sharks pushing the break and scoring in the open floor. Despite Sharks getting to the free throw line, they struggled at the line shooting just 1-6 for the opening period. 

Both teams struggled to score in the early goings, with Bristol only shooting 21% for the first quarter. In an offensively stunted period, that saw a lot of fouls and four 24 second violations, the Flyers went into the break trailing 10-14. 

Failing to find open jumpshots, Bristol attacked the rim, getting three straight lay-ups in quick succession. Streete receiving the ball on a cut and finishing strong at the rim. Followed by Lee spinning and scoring in the post. The offensive flurry brought Bristol back into the game. 

Sheffield gave Bristol problems and continued to get to the foul line. Despite not shooting well from the stripe,  Sharks held a 29-32 lead going into the half .

Flyers and Sharks traded baskets to start the third quarter, offering a glimmer of attacking flair, but this was short lived, as both sides drove at the basket and missed wide open layups on multiple possessions.  Flyers kept drawing fouls and scoring enough at the foul line to keep in the game. Eventually Bristol were took a 47-44 lead heading into the fourth. 

Flyers looked poised to take over the game, as Sharks were not able to score on the home defence. As Bristol built an early ten point fourth quarter lead, the home crowd working towards a crescendo with every score. Lee urging the crowd to an almost frenzy after a two-handed throw down from Daniel Edozie.  

Though the Sharks made a late run, built on steals and fastbreak scores that put Flyers back on their heels. In a roller coaster final two minute, McFarland scored a three-pointer, only to give up a clear path foul that allowed Sharks to tie the game. Streete came right back with a deep three from far out, as Flyers were able to put the game away 69-65, delivering the perfect gift for Coach Andreas Kapoulas' on his birthday.